Hortense Gerardo, PhD


Department: Arts & Culture
Phone: 617-933-0783


Hortense Gerardo joined MAPC in the fall of 2018 as the Artist-in-Residence in the Arts and Culture Department to assist with the development and implementation of innovative strategies to promote creative placemaking and community resilience through art.

In addition to joining MAPC, Hortense is an Associate Professor of Anthropology and Performing Arts at Lasell College. She is a practicing playwright and creates interactive movement installation art. Her works have been performed nationally and internationally, including: WaterFire in Rhode Island, the Performance Mix Festival in NYC, LaMama Experimental Theatre, the Institute of Contemporary Art in Boston, the International Performance Art Festival in Monza, Italy, the Venice Biennale, and the Nuit Blanche Festival in Toronto. She is a Company One Theatre Playlab Unit Playwright, and a New World Theatre Masterclass Playwright Fellow, and her work appears in the anthology THE BEST TEN-MINUTE PLAYS 2018, published by Smith & Kraus, Inc. She received her MA in Anthropology and a Ph.D. in Anthropology and Performing Arts from the University Professors Program at Boston University. Since 2012 she has served as a Board Member and head of the screenwriting competition for the Woods Hole Film Festival, and is in her second year as a Pratt-Hall Dance Fellow for the Institute of Contemporary Art in Boston.

Hortense earned her PhD from the University Professors Program at Boston University; her dissertation examined artist survivability among emergent dance companies based in the Boston area.

Areas of Expertise: Cultural Anthropology, Playwriting, Screenwriting, Dance History, Performance Art, New Media, Collaborative Art.